What is massage therapy?

Massage therapy is the manual and scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of establishing and maintaining health and promoting wellness. The therapist uses a wide variety of techniques to assist a client in reaching his or her therapeutic goals.

How can massage therapy help me?

It has been shown to be beneficial in reducing stress, enhancing blood flow, decreasing pain promoting sleep, reducing swelling, promoting digestion, enhancing relaxation and increasing the oxygen capacity of the blood.

How do I know a massage therapist is properly trained?

The Massage Therapist will hold the minimum required standard if 2200 hours from a recognized school and is a member in good standing with one of the Associations.

What will regulated massage therapy do for the public?

  • Give members of the public assurance that a practitioner is working ethically

  • Eliminates conflict of interest through disciplinary measures. At this time, it is the Association that handles disciplinary actions, but also represents the member who pays for representation from the Association. Each Association holds a high standard of ethics, but it is difficult to represent both the complainant and the practitioner.

  • Ensure each therapist who holds the title of RMT has a standard level of training to provide safe and effective treatments.

  • Provide one known organization to alert any concerns, complaints or questions about your treatment or therapist.

  • Ensure all therapists practicing under the title of RMT are held to the same Scope of Practice and Standards of Practice.

What is a regulatory college and how does it protect the public?

A regulatory college is a body that oversees a specific profession by making sure licensed professionals are meeting their legal and ethical responsibilities to the public.  A regulatory college sets the standards for professional conduct and are tasked with investigating complaints and allegations of misconduct. They have the power to restrict, suspend or take away licences, impose fines and issue reprimands, and they have a duty to inform the public about serious matters. They also develop or approve continued educational and training programs so that registrants can improve their skills and knowledge.

Will it cost more to get a massage once it is regulated by the Government?

There will be a fee guide established to maintain consistency across the province of Alberta. This is a suggested fee schedule for both the public and therapists to reference, however therapists still have the ability to create their on fees.

Will my insurance still cover massage therapy? 

Absolutely! With regulation, if the Massage Therapy Practitioner is a member of the College in good standing, Insurance companies who recognize Massage as an eligible benefit, will accept coverage.

Will I be able to deduct the cost of massage therapy in my tax return?

Once Massage Therapists are included in the Health Practitioners Act, Massage will be deductible in tax returns. At the moment, Albertans are not eligible to do so.

Will regulation be able to help me find a massage therapist in my community and my neighbourhood?

Yes, the College will have a public register with a find a Registered Massage Therapist option.

Why is it called a College of Massage Therapists when it isn’t a school?

A College in the tense refers to a governing body.